Eminent Engineers: Brief Biographies of Thirty-two of the Inventors and Engineers who Did Most to Further Mechanical Progress

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Derry-Collard Company, 1905 - Engineers - 276 pages
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Page 109 - While I have always recognized that the object of business is to make money in an honorable manner, I have endeavored to remember that the object of life is to do good.
Page 16 - If life's compared to a feast, Near fourscore years I've been a guest: I've been regaled with the best, And feel quite satisfied. Tis time that I retire to rest; Land lord, I thank ye! Friends, good night.
Page 131 - ... affection which will burn to the end. "Burn to the end! Perhaps some of us should think of that, who are burning the candle at both ends. Ah! well, may it so happen to us that when at last this vital spark is oxidized, when this combustible has put on incombustion, when this living...
Page 67 - The object at which he aimed, and which he fully accomplished, was to make the same parts of different guns, as the locks, for example, as much like each other as the successive impressions of a copper-plate engraving.
Page 118 - ... the steam in its passage from the boiler, to reduce more or less its pressure before it was allowed to act within the engine. Avoiding this wasteful process, your engine embodies within itself a principle by which it appropriates the full, direct, and expansive force of the steam, and measures out for itself at each stroke, with the utmost precision, the exact quantity necessary to maintain the power required.
Page 131 - Ah ! well, may it so happen to us that when at last this vital spark is oxidized, when this combustible has put on incombustion, when this living fire flutters thin and pale at the lips, some kindly hand may "turn us down...
Page 41 - Wherever the Steam-mill resounds with the hum of Industry, whether grinding flour on his native Schuylkill, or cutting logs in Oregon, there do you find a monument to the memory of Oliver Evans."1 (1) Address before the American Institute, New York, 3850, by S.
Page 214 - Stephenson launched out enthusiastically, explaining his views by several simple and striking illustrations. From thence it gradually turned to the events of his own life, which he related in so graphic a manner as completely to rivet the attention of the American. Afterwards Emerson said, " that it was worth crossing the Atlantic to have seen Stephenson alone ; he had such native force of character and vigour of intellect.
Page 66 - ... from no State had he received the amount of half a cent per pound on the cotton cleaned with his machines in one year. Estimating the value of the labor of one man at twenty cents per day, the whole amount which had been received by him for his invention, was not equal to the value of the labor saved in one hour by his machines then in use in the United States.
Page 15 - Franklins (called a Mangle) for pressing, in place of Ironing, clothes from the wash — Which Machine from the facility with which it dispatches business is well calculated for Table cloths & such articles as have not pleats & irregular foldings and would be very useful in all large families — Dined, drank Tea & spent the evening at Mr Morris's.

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